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RATINGS: 579   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
A hearty brew that is black as night with a strong roasted malt character and a full body. After its initial release in January 2010, our Imperial Stout was aged for a full year in Bourbon casks from Kentucky. This extended aging presents hints vanilla and oak. This, combined with the robust character of the Imperial Stout make for a smooth, wonderful taste experience. A hearty cellar beer. Very Limited Availability - 22oz Bottles and Draught. Black Gold was named one of "the best" barrel aged beers in the US by Menís Journal and took home a silver medal at the 2006 Great American Beer Festivalģ in the Wood and Barrel Aged Strong beer category).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MacBoost (1563) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Nearly black pour, no head. Aromas of marshmallow, oak, roast, light vanilla. Taste is semi dry and bitter. Not hot at all. Bourbon character is present but kept in check. Some light hoppy notes. Thin mouthfeel. Low carb, highly chuggable. Finished with toasted marshmallow and some barrel notes. Decent, but pricey for what it is.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
slowrunner77 (7467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
"near black pour, heavy aroma of chocolate, bourbon and licorice. thin feel, but super smooth. Full Sail barreled beers seem to lack depth of the elite ones, but this is still pretty dang tasty. better than the barreled impy porter (which fell short of the "regular" version). sweet boozy flavor w/o being hot."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (1478) - The Colony, Texas, USA - SEP 13, 2014
Wel done but not as good as I had hoped. Strong aroma of molasses and bourbon. Pours very dark with a brown perimeter and very small head. Thick and oily with definite weight. This was the 2013 version so it may have been less boozy than the others. Burnt sugar, roasted malt, bitter chocolate and bourbon were the predominant flavors. Good but average for this type of imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
furthur (496) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle pour, black body, walnut colored head, huge lacing. Aroma toast, soy, molasses, raisin, bourbon. Taste is big vanilla, peach, coffee, molasses, black malt, bourbon. Finish is bitter, hops or black malt. Palate is a little thin for a beer at this level, and just slightly over carbonated, but the flavors...and that long, gentle, dry vanilla that lingers....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
roxtersoxter (358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Pours dark black with small tan head out of bottle. Sweet aroma of chocolate, vanilla, and deliciousness. Flavor of smooth bourbon with hints of chocolate and sweetness. Excellent beer! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3913) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2014
(bottle - 22 oz - 2013 vintage) Rating #3400. Dark black pour with a tan head. Lots of sweet vanilla notes and bourbon in the aroma with some very light roast under it. Roasted malts at the start with a big hint of sweet vanilla and bourbon smoothness at the middle. Lots of the wood and bourbon notes at the finish with a light aftertaste of roasted malts and vanilla.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lightbias (331) - USA - AUG 2, 2014
Rich and deep with the aroma of a heady bourbon, this Imperial Stout is as roasty as they can come without smelling blackened as well. The body is not heavy; rather, its burnt-toast hued foam has remained very thin and unsubstantial from pour to finish. The liquid itself, although dark and opaque is actually quite thin and flat. I do experience a nice vanilla coming through as an afterward to the roasted malts and bourbon/coffee delight. I taste a pleasant and lingering "liqueur" coffee flavor as I wait to clear my palate for the next brew... I like it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CampesinoTino (799) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 31, 2014
Bomber of 2014 Vintage (9.84% ABV). Black tar pour topped with a healthy layer of mocha foam. Strong notes of dark chocolate syrup, molasses and charred malt upfront along with some coffee, vanilla and toasted oak around the edges. Flavor opens with a heavy dose of bourbon, roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate with a bit of espresso, caramel and Kahlķa toward the end. Bourbonís a bit overpowering at times but overall this is a solid intro to BBA Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1443) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Pours jet black -- no light getting through this at all -- with a high, creamy, cinnamon-colored head. Nose is coffee, chocolate, oyster sauce, beef stock, bourbon, vanilla, and cinnamon; quite a selection, but itís all harmonious. Sweet up front, with vanilla and cream; after that, itís bourbon-laced strong coffee, the kind of thing you want to warm you up on a cold night. Some chocolate and savory notes remain as well. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy-solid. Finish is long, a little hot, and extremely aromatic. Very, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vulcanmeister (222) - La Grande, Oregon, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pours a thick black body with a small short lasting tan head from 1pt 6floz bottle. Aroma was chocolate fudge, bourbon, and a bit of molasses. Taste was astounding - of course strong bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and roasty malt. As the warmth of the bourbon receded, the oak and vanilla notes became pronounce. The palate was rich, creamy, and very light carbonation. The finish was lightly sweet, dark chocolate, and the lingering oak. Marvelous.

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